November 5, 2009
Sunday mornings I almost always make chicken stock. Usually, I manage to have it simmering on the stove before the kids wake up. A batch of fresh stock gets me through the week for making rice, risotto, soups and beans. Typically, my menus for the week allow me to freeze half of the stock. When […]
November 2, 2009
Nothing perfumes my kitchen more than a beautiful spiced pumpkin bread baking in the oven. With fragrant cinnamon and ginger, this bread just feels like fall to me. Here is my twist on this seasonal bread that your whole family will love. I love to add coconut flakes and golden raisins which combine to give […]
October 27, 2009
The Community Environmental Council held a benefit this fall entitled “Green Gala”. My good friend Merryl, of Merryl Brown Events, www.merrylbrownevents.com, and I collaborated in the styling of this event. My intention was to make a green-tini, but what I ended up with was a green fruit cocktail that lacked any green color. The cocktail had […]
October 16, 2009
The season is here for Spiny tailed lobster! These local lobsters are absolutely worth every ounce of effort. The tasty and tender meat is a reward. Kim and I served our spiny tailed lobsters with a lobster saffron broth (recipe below) and homemade ricotta gnocchi for Donald Link. An alternate, and albeit easier preparation, would […]
October 13, 2009
A few years back we were lucky enough to befriend Donald Link through a mutual friend in the restaurant business. Donald is the chef/owner of the stellar New Orleans restaurants, Herbsaint and Cochon.
October 12, 2009
These roasted pumpkin seeds made with coconut oil are delicious; crunchy and salty with a hint of sweetness.
October 1, 2009
Host Valerie Rice invites you to an Autumn feast glowing with garden-fresh foods. Read the Article | 1.1 MB Acrobat PDF Originally published in the October/November 2009 issue of Santa Barbara Magazine By Lesley Jacobs Photographs by Luca Trovato Styled by Kyle Irwin
September 25, 2009
Every time she cooks I am excited. Here is Rica’s wonderful and easy tortilla soup. It is delicious!
All summer I have been waiting for a garden bounty of tomatoes. Santa Barbara finally got some nice summer heat and ta-da!…I found myself with five enormous plants all heavy laden with beautiful, delicious tomatoes at the same time. Great! Great. Great? My tomato windfall coincided with school starting, a full calendar of non-profit events […]
September 23, 2009
I use Pink lady apples because they hold up well through the cooking process and they have great brightness and acidity, which I love.